I don't think anybody here was questioning anybodies expert status.
I think you guys are way overboard and have way too high a standard on what a *traditionally defined* expert skier is. It's not pros or the top, best skier on the mountain. It's the skier who has basicly figured it out and skis pretty well...not some superman. This is how the traditional breakdown goes as far as I know:
Beginners - people just starting out
Intermediates - people who have some expereince and are decent but are still pretty limited.
Advanced - people who are certainly not intermediates, but at the same time, don't look like they *really* know what they are doing or have some pretty serious technical issues...usually painful to watch them ski....because you know they have the experience, but they haven't quite figured it out yet.
Experts - people that when they ski, they look like they know what they are doing, and are a pleasure to watch They may not be technically perfect, nor perfect all the time, but in general are pretty easy to pick out as doing it the right way, and somewhat agressively. Probably the top 3-5% of the people on the mountain, but it depends how deep the talent is. Not a rarity.
You guys make it out that sking at a "expert" level is some sort of bragging or BS'ing or unattainable goal. Maybe you are selling your ablitites short, or you actually are all "advanced skiers", I don't know.